Title: Present perfect
Author: Alison G. Bailey
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Status: first book of the Perfect series but can be read as Standalone
“I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.
Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.
We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.”
Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.
Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.
Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.
I ALMOST DNF-ed this book at 70 pages in. It was ENDLESS drama of the guy declaring love, the girl having an inner monologue of “tell him you love him too!” but actually replying “no I can’t do this, I just want to remain friends”.
Can we just NOT have such story arcs anymore please? It gets on my bloody nerves!
I don’t know why I stuck through it, and I have only mild consolation for it. The redeeming quality which made me give it 2.5 and not lesser was the ending (by when I was literally flipping pages without reading much just so I could finish it), and also a side character whom I ADORED. And also the male MC but I got tired of him being too darn patient by the end.
There were also many MANY issues thrown in which weren’t all dealt with completely. Some were given proper attention but there was this one issue which, I felt, was just there for it’s presence and to show that it was represented. No dealing with that issue, no repercussions, NADA. That left me very unsettled.
Not a book I’d recommend easily. If you want the constant repetition of the same dialogues and situations for MOST of the book, and wouldn’t mind a very irritating lead, go ahead.